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Jonesborough businesses in flux downtown

Much like the town itself, a new store with the feel of ‘past meets present’ is coming to Jonesborough’s historic district.
Emily Watson, owner of M Vintage, says her shop will carry clothing “inspired by those from the 20s and 30s” with an array of flowing garments, structured pieces and shoes.
“We will offer classic style combined with a contemporary feel,” Watson says. “I’m also hoping to carry some authentic vintage pieces in the future.”
M Vintage will be occupying the storefront that was vacated by Bone Ami, a pet supply and accessory store that recently closed in Jonesborough.
The shop is expected to be open before the Storytelling Festival, which is the first weekend in October.
Watson, 27, is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School and has a B. A. in Education. Even though she is now hard at work on her master’s degree in reading, she still has the urge to be a start her own business.
“I have always wanted to own my own store and I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of a small business instead of a large department store,” she said. “The people who wait on you in a small store really know their merchandise and they can help you find just what you are looking for. ”
Watson says she is keenly aware that this is an unusually tough time to start a new enterprise, but she is going into it with both eyes open.
“I know how bad it can be,” she said. “But the economy will pick up. I can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Just down the street, a new company, Paranormal Investigating and Research, has announced it will soon open, too.
The business will be located at 121 West Main St., and will offer investigation tours “to show first hand how technology is used to detect paranormal activity.”
Other services will include Ghost Walks and private investigations. Owners are Robb Phillips and Kathy Shephard.